There are so many things I want to do: write books, sell artwork, travel more, meet certain people, learn a new language or two, record an album, learn to sew, knit and crochet… among other things.
The thing is, often when I think of the things I want to do, I can’t help but wish I’d started earlier. Or worse – I feel like it’s probably a bit too late to start at all.
Well, that’s nonsense.
Sometimes I think we talk ourselves out of starting something new because it seems like it will take X many years until we are good at this new thing, and by that stage we will be X years old, and that’s just too old.
Well, I have news for you: you are still going to reach that age, whether you try the new thing or not.
You can think of it like this – at that age, you can still be in the same position you are in now, with the desire to try the new thing, or you can be that age with a new skill or experience under your belt.
Because either way, you will reach that age. The years will still pass. It’s up to you what you do in the meantime.
What have you always wanted to try but never done? Write as many things as you can think of, big or small.
For each one, why haven’t you done it?
When will you do it? See if you can ‘schedule’ it in somehow in your life either now or in the future.
Imagine your life 5 or 10 years from now. Imagine you haven’t done any of the things on your list. Write about how that would feel.
Now, imagine your life 5 or 10 years from now. Imagine you’ve done the things that are most important to you on your list. Write about how that would feel.
Note: this post was originally part of a series of 30 life lessons and journal prompts for my 30th birthday. You can access the rest of the lessons and prompts here.